Ambition, aspiration and ability: matching the table and chairs

Maybe it’s one of life’s lessons – albeit one of the ones that takes a little longer to sink in than, say, simultaneous equations or how to lie while smiling – that rewards and promises are far from the same thing, and that the things we see as being our longed-for ‘just desserts’ can quite often turn out to be, … well, just deserts. And life has a way of putting the sand into sandwiches.